A strong core is more than just a physical attribute; it's a key to overall well-being. Beyond physical health, it can boost self-confidence, improve body image, and empower individuals to engage in activities they love. But what happens when your core isn't as strong as it should be? What is diastasis recti, and how can it affect everyone, regardless of age or gender?
Meet Julie Tupler
Julie Tupler, a registered nurse, certified childbirth educator, and certified personal trainer, is the driving force behind the Tupler Technique®. Her groundbreaking program is designed to treat diastasis recti in women, men, and even children. In this special podcast episode, Julie joins hosts Amber Berger and Dina Wizmur to demystify this common condition, revealing its far-reaching impact and discussing its connection to the pelvic floor.
Diastasis Recti Defined
Diastasis recti, at its core, is a condition where the outermost abdominal muscles separate, and the connective tissue between them stretches sideways. Here's the remarkable part: it's not limited to a specific gender or age group. Men, women, and children can all be affected by diastasis recti.
Diagnosing Diastasis Recti
Wondering if you might have diastasis recti? It can often be diagnosed by checking for a separation between the abdominal muscles and assessing the condition of the connective tissue between them. In severe cases, it might even lead to an "outie" belly button or a noticeable bulge during specific movements.
The Connection to the Pelvic Floor
One thing Julie Tupler emphasizes is the intricate link between diastasis recti and the pelvic floor. Addressing one often involves addressing the other. Strengthening the transverse muscle, in particular, can have a profound impact on both conditions.
Exercise is a crucial aspect of managing diastasis recti, but not all exercises are created equal. Some, like traditional crunches, can exacerbate the condition if the transverse muscle isn't engaged correctly. Julie recommends diastasis-safe exercises like Pilates and yoga when practiced with proper technique.
How Long Does It Take to Heal? Can It Reopen?
These are questions that many individuals dealing with diastasis recti ponder. Julie offers insights into the healing journey, discussing the duration of treatment and the possibility of reopening. While significant improvement can occur within six weeks, complete closure may take longer.
One crucial aspect Julie touches on is the potential for diastasis recti to reopen, especially if activities that strain the connective tissue are continued. She emphasizes the importance of maintaining good habits and core strength.
Co-Management with Healthcare Professionals
Julie points out that co-management with chiropractors and healthcare professionals is possible, even for those without extensive training in her program. This collaborative approach can offer holistic care and support for individuals with diastasis recti.
Connective Tissue Health
Lastly, Julie underscores the significance of strengthening the connective tissue in the healing process. This essential element supports diastasis recti recovery and overall core health.
Join us on the Amber & Dina Podcast as we dive deep into the world of diastasis recti with Julie Tupler. Discover valuable insights, expert advice, and a wealth of information that can transform your understanding of core health and well-being. Don't miss this episode packed with wisdom and hope for those on their journey to a stronger, healthier core.